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2. Create a scatter plot (FP)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.8.SP.A.1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/8/SP/A/1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP5 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP5
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Lesson objective: Create a scatter plot by identifying the dependent and independent variables.

This lesson helps to build procedural skill with creating scatter plots. A scatter plot is used here because it supports finding patterns of association between variables. This work develops students' understanding that patterns may emerge when bivariate data are displayed in a scatter plot.

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 5 (Use appropriate tools strategically) as they create a scatter plot using first a quadrant coordinate plane and identifying the dependent and independent variables.

Key vocabulary:

  • consistent scale
  • dependent variable
  • independent variable
  • scale break
  • scatter plot
  • x-axis
  • y-axis